Edward Leach Cecil Leach (28 November 1896 – 4 January 1973) played first-class cricket for Lancashire and Somerset between 1923 and 1928. He was born at Featherstall, Oldham, Lancashire and died at Nailsea, Somerset. Leach was a professional middle-order or opening batsman and an occasional bowler. It is not known whether he was right- or left-handed. He played regularly for Lancashire's second eleven in the Minor Counties from 1921, enjoying little success until a match against Northumberland in June 1923, when he made 65 and an unbeaten 40, both innings being higher than any he had achieved in more than a dozen matches before. These innings put him into the Lancashire first team and in his first first-class match, against Middlesex at Old Trafford, he made 79 and was the top-scorer in a Lancashire first innings of 385 which effectively won the match. Leach retained his place in the Lancashire team for much of the rest of the 1923 summer, but enjoyed no further success: in 12 other innings, he made only 66 runs in all.